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Thursday, April 16, 2009

2 Bangkok protest leaders still at large

Backgrounder: Thailand's power changes after Thaksin ousted in 2006
Backgrounder: Major protests in Thailand since 2008

·Peace has returned to Bangkok, two protest leaders are still at large.
·Other three leaders of the UDD surrendered to the police Tuesday.
·Thai court issued arrest warrants for 14 protest leaders including ex-premier Thaksin.
    BANGKOK, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Peace has returned to Bangkok Wednesday though at least two key leaders of the recent anti-government protest are still at large.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday afternoon the tension caused by anti-government protesters has been eased, and the retreat of the red-shirted people does not mean a victory or loss of any side, but a victory of society, since normalcy has returned.
Supporters of ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra aboard a truck leave the Government House area in Bangkok April 14, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    Thai News Agency said Jatuporn Promphan and Jakrapob Penkair, leaders of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD),are believed still hiding in Thailand.
    Other three leaders of the UDD or the red-shirts, Veera Musigapong, Natthawut Saikua and Weng Tochirakarn, surrendered to the police Tuesday after declaring the end of a sustained protest. They have been detained separately, said the authorities.
    Traffic around Government House, which used to be a major encampment of the red-shirts during their protests, remains closed to all but official traffic.
    Warrants have been issued Tuesday for ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and other leaders of the bloody street clashes, which during Monday and Tuesday has caused 121 injured and two dead.
    The surrender of UDD leaders and dispersing of protesters may mean an end, at least a halt, of Thailand's 20-day-long political turmoil since March 26, when the red-shirts began to rally to push Abhisit to resign.

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